Management

Innovation Perspectives – An Innovation Progression

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser Having consulted in the new product and innovation areas of major pharmaceutical companies and commercial transportation companies over the past 12 years, and ...

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Making Innovation Happen in the Downturn

What should innovation leaders do make things happen in times like this to? Let me present you with some ideas and hopefully you can add more advice on this in the following discussion. Here are eight quick tips: 1. Align With Executives You need to have a better alignment between the innovation strategy and the overall corporate strategy. One way ...

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Innovation Perspectives – The Innovation Buck Stops Here

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” On the heels of Steven Todd’s kickoff, here is another perspective: by Jeffrey Phillips Braden Kelley has asked a number of us to respond to the question “Who owns innovation and where does it ...

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The Impact of Trends on Business

Today’s post was inspired by a witty piece authored by Wally Bock on the topic of fads. If you’re not familiar with Wally’s work, I’d recommend checking him out on a regular basis. When you looked beyond the humor, Wally made some great points about the impact (or lack thereof) of the latest fads, trends, business theories, gimmicks, concepts conveyed ...

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Innovation – Elite Unit or Crowdsource?

A classic dilemma for companies is determining the best way to foster innovation. There are many good books with different approaches. Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” has influenced a generation’s thinking about innovation. He focuses management and entrepreneurs’ attention on the Big I: ‘disruptive innovation’. One outcome of the popularity of Christensen’s book is the awareness people have that entrenched business ...

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Equality & Team Building

In recent months I have observed a decent amount of politically correct discourse on the topic of team building and equality. The gist of the argument seems to be that for teams to be productive, employees have to feel ’empowered’ by having an equal voice. I can sum-up my feeling on this in one word – ‘ridiculous’. To be blunt, ...

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Watch Out for the Innovation Boogeyman

If you are operating under tight resource constraints (and these days, who isn't?), you may recognize that this is the innovation world you face every day. You desperately want to - need to - innovate, but you are in the dark about emerging technologies, consumer trends, and competitive movements. Optimally, you'd like to throw on the light switch and see clearly into all of those areas, but the costs of market research studies, consumer testing, innovation management software, and outside consultants are beyond your reach.

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Five Ways to Create Innovation Throughout Your Life

When innovation is brought up in a business context, we mostly think about, well, the business. We think of innovations related to products, business models, go-to-market strategies and the like. This blog does a great job of identifying and promoting specific strategies and tactics for accelerating and maximizing innovation through those and other business-specific contexts. But your business strategy is ...

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The Leadership Rabbit Hole

Recently, I had the dubious honor to work with a senior executive who just doesn’t get it. Rodney was V.P. of Marketing for a leading manufacturer of networking technology. (Or so we’ll say – substitute the leader, politician, or other important person of your choice.) As such, it is Rodney’s job to create demand for his company’s products. And yet ...

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Tomorrow – Bright Idea Birds of a Feather 2.0 – Innovation Conference

Tomorrow I will be lucky enough to attend an international innovation conference via Cisco’s TelePresence solution. Brightidea, the software provider behind the successful Cisco I-Prize, is sponsoring the conference with Cisco tomorrow, February 2, 2009. This Innovation Birds of a Feather conference will bring together innovation leaders both online and via Cisco TelePresence locations in Seattle, London, Silicon Valley, New ...

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